Ingram's Magazine: January 2015

Building a Brand

Any branding or marketing professionals worth their salt can tell you what defines the value of an organization’s brand, and how public perception of it entails more than what one discerns beyond the optics of a logo, a television commercial…more

Legal Focus for 2015 – Plan Now For a Successful Year

Starting the year right takes time, planning and anticipating how the construction industry will evolve and shift over the coming months. Legal departments face challenges with the ever-changing construction industry landscape and legislation affecting how companies do business. So let’s…more

A Designed Play

From Manhattan (the Kansas one) to Miami, from Monterrey (the Mexican one) to Milan to Moscow, architectural firms in Kansas City have been reaping the benefits of a burst in stadium and arena construction that’s taking place on a global…more

Kansas City 2015: Outlook Steady, If Not Quite Stellar

The December jobs figures, released earlier this month, reflect an ongoing recovery that bodes well for the Kansas City economy, but we need to look behind these numbers for an idea of what to expect in 2015. Nationally, nearly 3…more

Milestones Corporate Anniversaries

A milestone often brings about reflection for companies, just as with people: A chance to think about how the company came to be, where it has overcome adversity and where it is headed before reaching the next marker. Companies celebrating…more

Back to the Old Normal?

At the dawn of a new year, “oil,” “output” and “optimism” have a lot more going for them than their alliterative possibilities: The six-month reversal in oil prices—plunging by more than half, from $115 to $47 per barrel of Brent…more

In the News: Jan 2015

Missouri Cass County New ED DirectionFor the first time in more than a year, Cass County has an economic-development director. The county has contracted with Spectrum Strategies and its owner, Bill Brown, to oversee its development initiatives. That fills a…more

The Boys Book Club

I am privileged to belong to what is rare now and what may one day soon be extinct, and that is a book club for men. Why such clubs may become extinct is no mystery. For the past few decades,…more

The risk of 9 to 5. And the reality of BEFORE and AFTER

If you’re working in a world that pre-dates the 24/7/365 business cycle, you’re out of time. The vast majority of sales professionals—I’m guessing 95 percent or more—try to fit their sales day into a normal workday. They want their day…more

Around the Region

January 20-25“Chicago – The Musical”A six time Tony Award winner, two time Olivier Award winner and Grammy winner with performances in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816.994.7222 | kauffmancenter.org January 22-25“Kansas City Boat…more